Introduction to South Dakota Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
South Dakota slot machine casino gambling consists of Deadwood’s twenty-five casinos as well as eleven tribal casinos spread throughout the state. While not offering slots, there are 1,347 bars and taverns with video lottery terminals with poker, keno, blackjack, and bingo
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in South Dakota*
The minimum legal gambling age in South Dakota depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 21
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
The casinos located in the city of Deadwood must follow state gaming regulations. Children may accompany their parents in most casinos until 8 p.m. South Dakota is the only U.S. gaming jurisdiction allowing minors to be present while their parents gamble
The tribal casinos located throughout South Dakota must follow the gaming regulations in their negotiated and approved tribal-state gaming compact. Among other items of interest, these compacts limit the number of slot machines at a casino. This limit changes based on how long the compact has existed.
For example, the proposed Class III gaming compact between the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the state of South Dakota calls for:
- 500 gaming machines at the effective date of the compact
- 600 gaming machines after two years
- 750 gaming machines after four years
South Dakota also has two pari-mutuel facilities with horseracing during the spring season, but do not offer slot machines at them. An additional facility offers simulcast and dog racing.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws apply to various forms of gambling. This information is not intended to provide legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in South Dakota
It is legal to privately own a slot machine in the state of South Dakota if manufactured before 1941.
Gaming Control Board in South Dakota
The South Dakota Commission on Gaming regulates casino gambling at the casinos located within the city of Deadwood.
Each tribe in South Dakota with a negotiated and approved tribal-state gaming compact must establish its own Tribal Gaming Commission. There are nine such tribal commissions
Finally, in 1989, South Dakota was the first state to offer video lottery terminals. Regulation of video lottery terminals at bars and taverns is the responsibility of the South Dakota Lottery. Each retailer can have up to 30 machines per gambling license with a limit of 3 permits per operator. There are currently 1,347 such operators.
Casinos in South Dakota
There are twenty-five non-tribal casinos in Deadwood, eleven American Indian tribal casinos, two pari-mutuel racetracks without slot machines, and 1,347 retailers with a total of 8,946 video lottery terminals in South Dakota
The largest casino in South Dakota is Royal River Casino & Hotel in Flandreau having 386 gaming machines and 10 table games.
The second largest casino is Silverado Franklin Hotel and Casino in Deadwood having more than 360 gaming machines and table games.
All South Dakota casinos are available as a downloadable list of both non-tribal Deadwood casinos and tribal casinos spread throughout the state along with links if they have a website.
List of Casinos in South Dakota
The twenty-five non-tribal casinos in Deadwood are:
- Buffalo-Bodega Gaming Complex
- Bullock Hotel
- Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort
- Deadwood Comfort Inn & Suites Hall
- Deadwood Dick’s Saloon and Gaming Hall
- Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort
- Deadwood Gulch Saloon
- Deadwood Mountain Grand
- Deadwood Station Bunkhouse and Gambling Hall
- First Gold Hotel & Gaming including the Blackjack Casino and Horseshoe Casino.
- Gold Country Inn Gambling Hall and Cafe
- Gold Dust Casino & Hotel including the French Quarter Casino, Legends Casino, and Silver Dollar Casino.
- Hickok’s Hotel and Casino including the B.B. Cody’s Casino.
- Iron Horse Inn
- The Lodge at Deadwood
- Lucky 8 Gaming Hall/Super 8 Motel
- Martin & Mason Hotel including the Wooden Nickel Casino and Lee Street Station.
- Mineral Palace Hotel & Gaming
- Mustang Sally’s
- Old Style Saloon #10 including The Utter Place card room.
- Oyster Bay/Fairmont Hotel
- Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex
- The Hickok House Hotel
- Tin Lizzie Gaming including the Four Aces Casino
- Veterans of Foreign War Black Hills Post 5969
List of Tribal Casinos in South Dakota
Residing in South Dakota are nine American Indian tribes. Each of these federally-recognized tribes has successfully negotiated a tribal-state gaming compact.
The eleven tribal casinos in South Dakota are:
- Dakota Connection in Sisseton located 155 miles north of Sioux Falls a few miles from the border to North Dakota.
- Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel in Watertown located 113 miles north of Sioux Falls.
- East Wind Casino in Martin located 154 miles southwest of Pierre.
- Fort Randall Casino Hotel in Pickstown located 171 miles southeast of Pierre.
- Golden Buffalo Casino in Lower Brule located 61 miles southeast of Pierre.
- Grand River Casino and Resort in Mobridge located 108 miles north of Pierre.
- Lode Star Casino & Hotel in Fort Thompson located 60 miles southeast of Pierre.
- Prairie Wind Casino & Hotel in Pine Ridge located 199 miles southwest of Pierre.
- Rosebud Casino in Valentine located 121 miles south of Pierre on the border to Nebraska.
- Royal River Casino & Hotel in Flandreau located 45 miles north of Sioux Falls.
- Turtle Creek Crossing Casino in Mission located 99 miles south of Pierre.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying South Dakota slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering South Dakota is:
- North: North Dakota Slots
- East: Iowa Slots and Minnesota Slots
- South: Nebraska Slots
- West: Montana Slots and Wyoming Slots
Each of the links above will take you to my state-specific blog for that neighboring state to South Dakota.
Payout Returns in South Dakota
South Dakota gaming regulations have set a minimum payout return of 80% during the expected lifetime of a slot machine at Deadwood casinos
The Gaming Division of the South Dakota Department of Revenue provides Annual Reports which include the annual player win percentage for all Deadwood casinos. For
At least 11 months after the most recent fiscal year has passed, the state gaming commission reports a monthly casino hold% for individual slot machine denominations at Deadwood casinos. Recall that player win percent equals 100% minus the casino hold%.
For example, the most recent month of June 2018 reports:
- Penny slots (2,388 units): 90.66%
- Nickel slots (115 units): 89.98% (lowest)
- Dime slots (6 units): 92.02%
- Quarter slots (203 units): 90.84%
- Fifty-cent slots: (11 units) 92.66% (second-highest)
- Dollar slots (274 units): 92.91% (highest)
- Five-dollar slots (74 units): 91.03%
- Twenty-Five-dollar slots (7 units): 90.63% (second-lowest)
At the request of the South Dakota Lottery, independent gaming labs created the odds of winning at each video lottery terminal game, none of which include slots. Instead, available games are video poker, video keno, video blackjack, and video bingo.
Our South Dakota Slots Facebook Group
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in South Dakota? If so, join our new South Dakota slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to freely join this closed Facebook Group.
There, you’ll be able to privately share your slots experiences as well as chat with players about slots gambling in or near South Dakota. Come join us!
Summary of South Dakota Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
South Dakota slot machine casino gambling consists of twenty-five casinos in Deadwood and eleven tribal casinos spread throughout the state. Otherwise, there are 1,347 bars and taverns with non-slots video lottery terminals offering video poker, video keno, video blackjack, and video bingo
Annual Progress in South Dakota Slot Machine Casino Gambling
In Deadwood, over the last year, the Best Western Hickock House has changed owners and is now The Hickock House.
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